Sit in Heathen Darkness
Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
of people living today have never heard the Name of Jesus Christ!
Does this statement shock you? During our historic 1966 Gospel
Crusade in Guntur AP, India I heard a voice saying, “Son,
you are helping to fulfill My Word.”
I thought it was Sadhu Vandanem speaking to me, but it was not.
“Lord, how could I a young preacher from Canada possibly help to
fulfill Your Word?” He
Brother Vandanem, how many in this large crowd have never heard the
name of Jesus Christ before.”
When I asked him, Brother Vandanem said: “About 95%, the crowd was
then instructed me to read Isaiah 45: 5,6:
“I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no God beside Me:
I girded thee, though thou hast not known Me; That they may know from
the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside
Me, and there is none else.”
will never forget the impact that experience had on me. The message
was crystal clear. Most of those in that large crowd had not before
heard the Name of our Saviour and it is God's will for EVERYONE to
know Him from the east to the west!
Evangelical minister became engaged in a heated debate with me many
years ago when he heard me say that God still performed miracles
today! He stated, “We
do not need the Baptism of the Holy Ghost today with miracles and
healing as they did in the Early Church, since everyone today knows
that Jesus Christ arose from the dead!”
all the ignorant statements a Gospel Minister could use as an excuse
for the lack of spiritual power in his life, that takes the cake. Two
things were evident, his belief showed utter ignorance of the
authority and eternity of God’s Word and a total lack of the
spiritual conditions of the world at large!
Christ's final words to His followers called, ‘The
states: “Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every
creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he
that believeth not shall be damned.
these signs shall follow them that believe; In My name shall they
cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take
up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing it shall not hurt
them; they shall lay their hands on the sick and they shall recover.”
(Mark 16: 15-18)
confirms that the spiritual gifts of healing promised by our Lord
Jesus and later by St. Paul continued in the Church for the first
four hundred years of the Primitive Church. John
Wesley stated that
they were lost to the Church because of unbelief!
Mark wrote: “So after
the Lord had spoken unto them, He was received up into Heaven, and
sat on the right hand of God. And they went forth and preached
everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the Lord with
(Mark 16: 19, 20)
WARNED: TIME IS SHORT!
said: “Say not ye; There are yet four months, and then cometh
harvest; behold I say unto you, Lift up your eyes and look on the
fields; for they are
white already to harvest,
And he that reapeth receieveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life
eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice
together.” (John 4: 35, 36)
Lord declared: “I must work the works of Him that sent Me, while it
is day; the night cometh when no man can work.” (John 9: 4);
“Therefore said He unto them, the Harvest truly is great, but the
labourers are few: pray ye the Lord of the harvest, that He would
send forth labourers into His harvest.
into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat such things
that are set before you; and HEAL
the sick that are in therein and say unto them: The Kingdom of God is
come nigh unto you.
the Seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils
are subject unto us through Thy Name. And He said unto them, I beheld
Satan as lightning fall from Heaven. Behold, I give unto you power to
tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy:
and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” (Luke 10: 2,8,9, 17-20)
WORLD IN BIG TROUBLE!
the world is heading to Hell at breakneck speed, when heathen
religions are gaining ground at an astronomical rate, when multiplied
millions of demon inspired Islamic terrorists are causing havoc in
the Middle East, Africa and gaining a large foothold in Europe,
should we not be concerned?
when governments have legalized abortion, same-sex marriage,
euthanasia, marijuana and gambling, and there is so much sinful
behavior, immorality, sexual perversion, drug and alcohol addiction,
murders, criminality and unrighteousness going in the Christian
Western world, is it not time we had a major Revival of
Righteousness in our nation?
Catholic Church in Illinois withheld the names of at least 500
priests accused of sexual abuse of minors, the state’s attorney
general said Wednesday in a scathing report that accused the church
of failing victims by neglecting to investigate their allegations.
The Clergy Sexual Abuse has cost the Roman Catholic Church 3 billion
is disheartening to learn of the widespread epidemic of homosexual
pervert priests now being exposed world-wide. Instead of spreading
the Gospel they have been destroying the lives of many little boys
and young men!
Frances recently convened with high ranking Roman Catholic leaders
from across the world trying
to stop the epidemic of sexual abuse of boys
by supposed celibate clergy. Coupled with the world-wide sexual abuse
is the almost unbelievable tragedy of demon
possession in Rome.
sad story is the one concerning the dramatic increase of demon
possession in Italy and the Roman Catholic Church is desperately
trying to train enough exorcists to deal with that major problem.
POSSESSION IN ITALY!
priest and long-time exorcist Father Benigno Palilla recently
told Vatican Radio that
requests for exorcisms had tripled in the past few years. There were
now, he said, 500,000
alleged cases of demonic possession
recorded in Italy each year.
a population of around 60 million, this means the Devil is apparently
active in one of every 120 Italians. That’s a lot of demoniacs and
a lot of demons – at least some 500,000 of them if they’re not
the sudden increase in possession by the Devil? Palilla attributes it
to an increase in practices that “open the door to the Devil” –
such as people seeking out wizards and fortune tellers, reading tarot
cards, and generally dabbling in magic and the occult. The Devil is a
real person, “armed
with dark powers”,
he declared in a television
interview in December 2017.
Trenton Gospel Crusade
by the name of Jesus Christ, I was able to cast out many demons from
a young man who was deeply involved in the occult. Here is a small
part of His testimony:
they began to come out of my body, shrieking terrified screams that
tore at my throat. The battle had gone on for what seemed to be very
long time. I finally lay still for a time.
This was followed by my
speaking in a strange language. The evangelist held my head so that I
was forced to look into his eyes and then he commanded, “You
foul religious spirit, come out of him in the name of Jesus!”
was one last convulsive heave of my body, a terrified scream and the
last demonic spirit left me and I lay on the floor as one dead.
a time it seemed as though my body was filled by a very bright, pure
light and a river of clear water was rushing through me. I began to
speak in tongues as recorded in Acts 2: 4.
finally got to my feet and discovered blood on my shirt sleeve.
Removing my shirt I discovered fang marks on my left arm as
though I had been bitten by a snake. These marks remained for three
days and then disappeared.
was the end. I was free. No more would I live in fear. The demonic
influences were gone. In December, I was reunited with my wife and
family. In closing let me say, “My name WAS Legion, for we WERE
many”, but through the ministry of a man of God and the power of
the Lord Jesus Christ I was set free.
many stores today, including toy stores we can find Ouija
boards, tarot cards. Astrology books and
many other such things. These are sold as mere entertainment.
Contrary to popular opinion, these are simple games of
are a gateway that opens the mind to receive influences of demonic
spirits that can and will eventually control and destroys the lives
of individuals whom indulge those practices that Almighty God Himself
declares an abomination.
(Duet. 18: 10-14)
is looming large in the future of so many! Now is the time to “Throw
out the Life-line” to the lost, confused and hurting! We have a
saying in the Norwegian language which states: 'Det
gaar imot kveld'.
literal meaning is: “It's starting to darken. Night will soon be
here. We'd better hurry and get home.” For me it means: “Make
sure you are safe, your children are out of harm's way.”
also means that our
is coming to an end and we must face eternity and the Judgment Seat
of Christ to give an account of our lives. It also means that we must
help our fellowmen to secure their future in God's Kingdom; in the
Family of Jesus!
It also means that our Lord will soon make His glorious Appearance to Rapture
the Church and bring His children Home.
we rejoice in that glad reunion, but also must consider those who are
left behind and the tyranny and sorrow for those who tragically
missed the archangel's trumpet sound!
as the days
were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as the in
days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and
giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark and
knew not until the flood came and took them all away, so shall also
the coming of the Son of man be. (Matt.24: 37-39)
IS A TROUBLING THOUGHT!
thousand years before the birth of Christ (1,000 B.C), the
Babylonian Talmud stated that for the first time in history, men were
given in marriage to men and women were given in marriage to women.
happened just before God sent the flood to destroy all the wicked.
Only Noah and his family were spared!
BIBLE says: “The
earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with
violence. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold it was corrupt;
for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
"And God said said
unto Noah, The earth is filled with violence through them, and,
behold I will DESTROY them with the earth.”
(Genesis 6: 11-13)
Noah and his sons built the ark, he preached the message of
well as God's mercy and safety through the ark, but no-one believed
him. When the ark was finished and all were inside, God kept the DOOR
open for another seven days of grace, but no-one accepted the
invitation to come inside!
God Himself shut the door and the fountains of the deep were opened
and the heavens poured water down on the land until the flood covered the
“And they that
went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded
him: And the Lord shut him in.”
Bible proves the goodness of God toward us all: “Who
is a God like unto Thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the
transgression of the remnant of heritage? He retaineth not His anger
for ever, because He delighteth in mercy.
will turn again, He will have compassion upon us; He will subdue our
iniquities; and He will cast all their sins into the depths of the
sea.” (Micah 7: 18, 19)
the prophet declares the mercy and goodness of God. He pardons our
iniquities. He passes by or overlooks our sins. They are forgiven and
blotted out by the precious BLOOD of Jesus Christ. He does not retain
our sins but forgives and forgets them. He delights in being
merciful. He returns to us when we return to Him.
subdues our sins, forgives us and gives us power over them. Prophet
Isaiah states: “...and Thou hast cast all my sins behind Thy
back.” (Is. 38: 19). The Hebrew word used here for back is more
specific. It is between His shoulder blades!
No-one can see anything
behind your back between your shoulder blades. The prophet wanted us
to know that when our God forgives our sins, He does not see them
anymore. They are GONE!
IS OUR ARK OF SAFETY!
the same manner, we declare that Jesus Christ is our ark of safety.
Only He can save us from sin, degradation and eternal damnation. And
because Jesus was judged in our place and died as our substitute on Golgatha in payment
for our sins, we are made righteous, pardoned and taken into the
Kingdom of God.
He became our propitiation, meaning that Jesus' pure
and holy blood that was shed on the cross atoned for the sins of the
whole world. His sacrificial death met the demands of divine justice
and satisfied Almighty God.
Christ stated, “Come
unto Me, all ye who labour and are heavy laden and I will give you
rest.” (Matt. 11: 28); “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock:
if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to Him,
and will sup with him and he with Me.” (Rev. 3: 20). Amen.